Trafficked Greek wine jug withdrawn from Christie's sale

A Greek glass wine jug dating to the 2nd or 1st century BC has been withdrawn from an upcoming sale at Christie's in London, after it was discovered to have been smuggled.

It emerged that the oinochoe, valued at £4,000-6,000 ($6,636-9,954), had been sold previously by convicted antiquities trafficker Giacomo Medici.

Greek glass jug
An example of an ancient Greek glass oinochoe

A pottery vessel valued at £3,000-5,000 ($4,977-8,295) was also withdrawn from a Bonhams auction. It was thought to have been traded by Gianfranco Becchina, a delaer convicted in Rome in 2011.

Christie's commented to the BBC: "We take illicit trade extremely seriously and work with all the international agencies to ensure that we sell only works of art which are legal to sell."

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